Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2003

Soldotna artist wins award

"New Age" by Clayton Hillhouse of Soldotna won the Subway's Starving Artist Award in the No Big Heads 18th annual National Self Portrait Juried Exhibition at the University of Alaska Anchorage. There were 245 entries with 43 accepted for the show and seven awards were given out. The show is on display until Dec. 11.

Carolers for hire

The Kenai Performers has Victorian caroling quartets for hire for holiday parties or other events. For more information or to book a quartet, call 262-5042.

Artists wanted

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula is looking for artistic people who can share their talents with club members at the Kenai, Soldotna and-or Nikiski clubhouses. Anyone interested can call Kim Lee at 283-2682.

Community choir rehearsing

The Kenai Peninsula College community choir class has begun rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in room 105 at KPC. The choir meets through Dec. 18. Singers must register for choir at the college, either for one credit or no credit.

The choir is rehearsing Carl Orff's cantata, "Carmina Burana," which it will perform in April with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and singers from the Homer area.

For more information, call Jean Brockel at 262-4084 or Maria Allison, 283-3024.

Painting group to meet

The Kenai Watercolor Group will have informal painting gatherings at 11 a.m. every other Saturday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Kenai. The next meeting date is Saturday. For more information, call Pam Mersch at 262-6403.

Artists wanted for shows

Ptarmigan Arts is soliciting artists for shows in the Back Room Gallery in Homer for 2004 and 2005. Interested artists should submit a proposal including a resume and references, a statement of intent for the show including a theme or name and their first three choices for a show date. Artists should include a minimum of 10 slides or photographs of at least five pieces representative of their work.

The slides must be clearly labeled with your name, address, phone number and the slide's orientation. A written inventory of the slides or photos including medium, size and when the pieces were made also is needed.

Most shows will be approximately one month long and will usually open on the first Friday of each month and end on the Wednesday prior to the first Friday of the next month. All months in 2004 and 2005 are available for shows. Artists should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of slides and resumes.

The submission deadline for proposals is 6 p.m. Monday. Send proposals to Ptarmigan Arts, P.O. Box 608, Homer, AK 99603. The gallery retains 35 percent of all sales.

More more information, contact Jewels at (907) 235-5345, (907) 235-2876 or

Auditions for musical scheduled

Kenai Performers will hold auditions for "My Favorite Year" at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Call-backs will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 7. The show is set in the 1950s and centers around a dashing and alcoholic movie star and the young writer who is tasked with babysitting him to keep him from making a fool of himself before a big TV appearance. There aren't any large roles for children, but men, women and teens are needed. The show will be performed Feb. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

Fund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

The Pratt Museum in Homer is holding its second cash jackpot raffle, which involves 15 cash prizes including a $10,000 prize for the last ticket drawn, a $1,000 prize for the second to last ticket drawn, $500 prizes for the 100th, 200th and 300th tickets drawn and $250 prizes for the first, 25th, 50th, 125th, 175th, 225th, 250th and 275th tickets drawn. Tickets are $100 and 350 will be sold. The drawing will be held at a dessert potluck at the museum at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Winners need not be present. Proceeds go to support the museum. Tickets can be purchased at the museum store of by contacting any Pratt board member.

Poetry contest open for entry

The Friendly Poets Society is sponsoring an amateur spiritual poetry contest. Fifty prizes, with almost $5,000 in total cash, will be awarded.

The deadline for entering is Dec. 6.

To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 2255 N. University Pkwy. Ste. 15 No. 196, Provo, Utah 84604.

Table tennis players wanted

The Soldotna Table Tennis Association at the Soldotna Elks Lodge is looking for new players. All skill levels are welcome. Players must be 21 or older to participate. Practice starts at 6 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call Ray at 262-7415, Dan at 262-4163 or Gary at 335-2847.

Student art contest announced

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish is seeking student artwork for the covers of the Brisol Bay, Kodiak and Southcentral Alaska sportfishing regulation booklets. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade living in those regions are invited to submit illustrations of a memorable sportfishing event. Illust-rations must be on white, unlined paper. Bright colors are popular with judges, but text, logos and slogans are not. Students may use any artistic medium they wish in creating their illustration.

Each entry must have the student's name, school address, grade and teacher name written on the back. Entries can be mailed to Fritz Kraus, 333 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99518 or can be dropped off at the Southcentral Region Fisheries Information Center at the Raspberry Road office.

The postmark deadline is Dec. 19.

Complete contest rules are posted online at art.stm. For more information, call Fritz Kraus at (907) 267-2265 or Tracy Smith at (907) 267-2896.

Photo contest held

Kids under 14 are invited to enter a national photo contest. The competition was developed by landscape photographer Franklin B. Way to get kids into nature and away from the TV this winter. Kids can enter at Prizes include a FUJI FinPix camera, framed panoramic Franklin B. Way photographs and a Franklin B. Way poster. The deadline is Dec. 31. Photos must be color and the subject matter must be something made in nature. Three winners will be selected from each of two categories 8 and under and ages 9 to 13. For more information, contact Kelly Moore or Paul Nichols at Hanser & Associates at (800) 340-6434 or

Submission for artist roster wanted

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is accepting applications for inclusion on the council's 2004 performing artist roster. The roster will include performers from the following disciplines: theater, dance, opera-musical theater, performances for young audiences, literature readings, folk and traditional arts, media arts and music. The goal of the roster is to increase opportunities for artists to obtain successful touring engagements. In order to be included, artists or groups must be able to demonstrate their excellence and have the ability to tour. Anyone interested can download a copy of the application at For more information, e-mail mike Hayes at downdog@ Applications are due Jan. 9.

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